FROM A REPORTER
SHILLONG, June 8: The Quasquicentennial Jubilee celebration of KJP Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Shillong, was iugurated here today at the school premises by Chief Minister Dr Mukul M Sangma.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sangma expressed happiness to be a part of the celebrations of a premier institution in the state that is exclusively dedicated to education of the girl children to equip them with knowledge and enlightenment.
He said that such milestones in life give us an opportunity to look back and acknowledge the blessings of Almighty that through the missiories the light of knowledge was brought into the state.
The Chief Minister also said that in a matrilineal society distinctive to the state of Meghalaya it is only befitting to have such a school to empower women. He stated that though the state is confronted with a lot of challenges and constraints it is the endeavor of the government to meet the expectations and aspirations of the younger generation.
He also stressed that there is a need for schools and colleges to look at how the positive energy of the youth can be directed and diversified which can provide them sustaible livelihood. He urged the teachers to give the students the necessary handholding to eble them to make the right career choices. He also added that the human development programmes funded by Asian Development Bank will not only upgrade infrastructures but also upscale and reinforce the skills of teachers.
State Home minister Roshan Warjri in her address said that the school is set up on strong principles of love, peace and brotherhood and the scriptures. She said that the school has been instrumental in the making and evolving of the community through the education of womenfolk, adding that though the challenges in the modern world are complex and intricate the sound principles of the school can be emulated to make a difference.
The K.J.P. Girls’ Higher Secondary School was established in 1892 by the Welsh Missiory Society with the sole purpose of educating the girl child. The school has produced many distinguished women persolities.
The students of the school presented colorful folk dances and melodious songs of the Khasis, Jaintias and the Garos.